A new study finds that even those plastic products labeled BPA free are still leeching harmful chemicals. The findings of this study can be found in the links below, but for a quick recap, most plastic products, BPA free or not, are releasing chemicals that have EA, which stands for estrogenic activity, “In other words, they release other chemicals that also mimic estrogen”(Plastic’s New Frontier: No Scary Chemicals by Jon Hamilton). What this means is that this EA is messing with our hormones, and not just ours and our children’s, but our unborn children as well. What does it matter if it is messing with hormones? When our estrogen levels are off balance, cancer rears its ugly head! The more you heat plastic, whether in a microwave or in a dishwasher, the more the materials break down and chemicals are released. At least we have some control over our children’s exposure to the plastics they come into contact with. Ditch the plastic bottles (BPA free or not) and switch to glass. In an effort to protect your child, this really isn’t a big deal. Also, get rid of your plastic food containers and switch to glass.
Here is a small list of simple actions you can take to minimize your family’s exposure:
1. As far as toys that will end up in a child’s mouth – go for wood and rubber, especially for teething.
2. Use glass containers instead of plastic.
3. Use cloth shower curtain liners (that clean smell that comes from opening a new plastic liner is actually the leeching of chemicals – PVC).
4. Glass bottles – why take the chance with any kind of plastic when glass is available? Even when I need to pump, I do it right into a glass bottle.
Informative links containing more info about the leeching of chemicals in plastics:
Article about the actual new study from Environmental Health Perspectives: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.1003220
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